During my time at UC Santa Barbara I demonstrated excellent skills in writing and communication, which led me to be employed as a Writing Tutor at the university Campus Learning Assistance Services. I worked there from 2008 to 2010, when I graduated (BA in Comparative Religion, with honors and a 3.77 GPA). As a tutor I worked with a variety of UCSB undergraduates each day with writing assignments in a wide range of subjects, styles, and ability levels during half hour to hour private sessions. I quickly evaluated student needs, skills, and learning styles, and instructed in the manner best suited for each individual. Some of the topics covered include organization, clarity, grammar, sentence structure, thesis formation and paper development. Many of the students spoke English as a second language.
My enthusiasm for this work prompted me to continue tutoring after I moved to San Francisco. Since the fall of 2010, I have been a private tutor for middle school and high school students, college students, and adult learners. I assist them one-on-one, focusing on comprehension of material, homework completion and test preparation in the areas of writing, English, history, basic science, Pre-Algebra and Algebra, Geometry, and English as a second language. In 2013 I earned my certification to teach English as a Second Language from UC Berkeley. In addition to tutoring, I lead intermediate ESL courses at a private language school in San Francisco.
I am an effective and enthusiastic tutor seeking to continue this line of educational work, and can work with students ages 10 to adult, and ability levels from elementary school to college. Through my academic and personal experiences, I have developed a deep appreciation for the value of a good education, and I am passionate about providing that education to everyone. As a tutor, I supplement classroom education in a vital way by giving students the personal attention they need to truly learn. My style is to go beyond simply helping students with completing their homework and passing their tests. What is more important is getting students to really understand and appreciate their material. It is not enough to just memorize the rules of grammar or mathematics, but to understand them so that they can be used more effectively and more creatively.
I believe in working with each student in a customized way that fits their individual needs and builds their confidence. It is important to emphasize the progress a student makes, in addition to what they still need to work on. In my experience, when students realize what they have accomplished they also realize that they are capable of achieving much more than they thought they could. My goal is to provide a supportive, enjoyable, and focused learning environment where students can have that realization. To me, there is nothing that feels more rewarding or exciting than seeing a student light up when they grasp a concept, or quickly work through material that they struggled with two weeks prior.
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